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Saturday, May 14, 2022

A Year After Abruptly Ousting Tony Varona As Dean, Miami President Names David Yellen New Law School Dean

Miami Herald, UM Hires Cornell Law Grad as its Law School Dean, Following Tumult After Varona Demotion:

Miami Law (2021)About a year after abruptly ousting Anthony Varona as law school dean, University of Miami President Julio Frenk hired his replacement: David Yellen, a New Jersey native who has devoted most of his career to reforming the justice system and leading two other law schools.

Yellen, 64, who earned his bachelor’s in politics from Princeton University and his law degree from Cornell University, will start July 1, according to the Thursday posting from the Coral Gables-based private university.

“I’m very excited,” said Yellen. “The University of Miami School of Law, I’ve known and admired for decades, so I’m really excited to join them.”

Yellen will move to South Florida in June from Colorado, where he has served since last June as the CEO of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, a research organization at the University of Denver. ...

The turnover of UM’s law school deans began when Frenk announced last May that Varona, an openly gay man of Cuban heritage, would step down as dean. Frenk’s abrupt decision to demote the popular Varona — without prior consultation of the faculty, alumni or students — led to an outcry in the legal community, locally and nationally. ...

Asked if he worries about the long-lasting impact of what happened last May at UM, Yellen said he doesn’t. “I don’t know Tony,” he said. “It’s not a concern at all. I’ve been in higher education long enough to know that sometimes for all kinds of reasons things don’t work out with one set of relationships and that doesn’t preview what the next set of relationships are going to be like.”

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2022/05/a-year-after-abruptly-ousting-tony-varona-as-dean-miami-president-names-david-yellen-new-law-school-.html

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